There’s a new policy at the Montgomery County Jail - inmates can’t send out letters anymore - only postcards. And starting in March, they won’t be able to get incoming letters, either. Only letters from lawyers can go through.
A spokesman for the sheriff’s department says the postcards-only policy was implemented because the jail staff was spending too much time opening letters to check them for contraband.
Teresa and Steven Sumner have a son in jail. They know what he did was wrong - but they say so is the new rule prohibiting him and all the other inmates from sending letters to their families.
Steven Sumner also points out the jail is withholding letters even from people who haven’t been tried yet - people who haven’t been found guilty of anything.
Here’s the web site for the Office of the Sheriff:
The sheriff is Norman Lewis and his info is:
(931) 648-0611 ext. 6500
There’s no reason to ban letters to and from inmates. The USA has already turned the prison system into a profit system. That’s the whole story behind the so-called “war on drugs”. There is no war on drugs. There is a war on citizens. And the war targets people of color more than anyone else. The people trapped in the so-called justice system are humans, but to the cops, lawyers and prison corporations, they are just “product”. The more “product” they have, the more money they make. And they don’t care about anything else.